Cafe Review: Still House- minimalist space serving hand drip coffee in the heart of Causeway Bay
"Here, people can work, rest, vent, read and calm down, doing whatever they want without disturbing the peace." In addition to providing "private space" to guests, Still House also holds regular cinemas and Music sharing sessions, so that a number of art lovers, have a platform for interaction. . "
Read the above in an article by PopBee, and wow I am delighted and a bit disheartened: delighted that there is indeed a place to unwind your mind in the middle of the urban junk, and disheartened because, since when we need to buy space in Hong Kong?
I was crisscrossing my way in the Causeway Bay crowd to find this tranquil space right behind Sogo, walked up a short flight of stairs and reached a parallel universe. It was so quiet I could hear my footsteps clearly; right after that I realized they have used sound isolating doors and windows. Soft harp music played in the background. It seems to be a place where we could do whatever our heart desires.
Black sugar chestnut cake
With a price of $100, we devoured hand drip coffee and a piece of daily special cake by @piu_pok - today was black sugar chestnut cake! We were delighted to have found the round bits of chestnut hiding in the bottom of the sweet layers, and the light and velvety chestnut cream brought all the flavours together. I would say the price is a bit high but not unreasonable either.
Later, they switched to operating a cafe. In order to implement the quiet theme, the store only offers five or six kinds of coffee, tea and cake. They only serve hand drip and cold brew coffee. Barista Myran explains why: "The espresso machine makes noise and ruins the silent theme here."
Hand Drip Coffee
The hand drip coffee is very refreshing, has fruity notes and is a perfect pick-me-up in a misty afternoon.The barista revealed to the author of the blogpost about their ideas, which I find quite refreshing amidst the hype to sell coffee as a lifestyle: Still House sells lifestyle, and the coffee, though the showstopper, is not what the main dish Still House wants to offer.
Fun fact: Still House's concept seems to go completely opposite to what Anthony Bourdain said to throw shades to some coffee drinkers, "It’s a beverage; it’s not a lifestyle.” What do you think? (blinks)
It's quite rare for me to take note of the ambiance/ furniture of the cafe, since I am not much of an architecture expert (and I concentrate too much on the food!); but you cannot miss the hammock-chair in the middle of the room! Another fun thing is we had to take off our shoes and change into their slippers entering there- made me feel at home right after that.
Tell me if you went there! There would be art events such as harp performances every week.